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Waimauku, Auckland





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Property ID: 1872

Property type and description
Cottage / Cabin - Main residence

Location notes

  • Short drive to the beach
  • Short drive to a small village / town
  • Located in forest / bush
  • Short drive to vineyards
  • Short drive to a golf course

Swap parties allowed at this property

  • Singles
  • Couples
  • Couples - Retired
  • Families

Swap periods available

  • Weekends
  • School Holidays
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Summer Holidays
  • Public Holidays

Nearest Town / City

Nearest Airport
48 KM

The location shown on this map is an approximate location, not the actual address of the property.

About us

Member ID: 7772

We are a family of 4: myself and my Irish husband plus our two well behaved children, a 9yr old boy and 6.5yr old girl. Pete works in IT and I am very busy raising the family, running the household, tending the garden and working at the Citizens Advice Bureau. We are animal lovers, keen gardeners and enjoy travelling. I brought Pete back to New Zealand 10 years ago and am enjoying showing off this fabulous country that we live in. Our children are very good travellers and know to respect other people's property. We have done house exchanges, house sits and have had plenty of house sitters so know how to care for someone else's home as well as knowing what it is like to have someone live in ours. We are both non-smokers and enjoy quiet living.

Property description and facilities

Welcome to our peaceful home where those who visit always leave feeling they have been on holiday.

Our home is an original 1910 Kauri Villa built from trees milled on-site. It is set on 7 acres of mainly native bush with sea views to the west and CBD views to the east. We are up a long private driveway for complete privacy.

'The old Surgery' outhouse used to be the local doctors surgery back in the 1950/60's. We have converted it into an Irish pub!

Along with the native plants, we have fruit trees and a vegetable patch so feel free to help yourself. We have 8 pet sheep who require nothing more than a scratch behind the ears, chickens who will provide fresh eggs, 2 affectionate cats and 1 gentle spoodle.

We have 3 large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and two single bedrooms which share a bathroom. There are two eating areas; the informal dining gets all day sun and the formal dining has a log burner.

Our lounge has plenty of seating and separate TV area. We also have a conservatory with views of the garden and toys for children. It is the perfect place to read your book.

The house is cool in summer and has heatpumps, a log burner and plenty of insulation to guard against winter weather.

Although in a rural setting, the local shops are 5 minutes away, we have 2 large shopping malls within 20mins and the CBD is only 30mins drive.

We love living in our tranquil oasis and invite you to share the peace and quiet

  • Bath
  • BBQ
  • Bikes available
  • Boat Parking
  • Car-port
  • Deck / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Blankets
  • Firewood available
  • Freeview
  • Games console
  • Heatpump/underflloor heating
  • Hifi / Music System
  • Indoor Shower
  • Insulated house
  • Internet
  • Kids toys available
  • Microwave
  • Mobile Coverage
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor grassed area
  • Tank water
  • Trampoline
  • TV
  • Vegetable garden
  • Washing Machine
  • Wifi
  • Wood burner

Location description and facilities

We are just minutes from the fabulously long Muriwai beach with it's impressive surf, famous Gannet colony and various cafes.

There are numerous vineyards in the area with tastings, cellar door sales and Jazz on Sundays at Coopers Creek vineyard.
The local Hallertau brewery brews onsite and has a restaurant attached too.

Kumeu is the fruitbowl of the west. There are so many orchards, fruit and veg shops and pick your own strawberries, you will never be hungry.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes from fine dining at Allely house or Thai Silk through to $12 meals at the local RSA!

You can learn to surf, horseride and play golf down at Muriwai or even practice skiing at Snowplanet in Albany.

If mountain biking and tree rope climbing is your thing, Woodhill forest with it's plentiful bike trails and scarily impressive rope climbing courses is just up the road.

Kumeu village has everything to meet your needs: Library, shops and churches.

We are also on the West Art trail with plenty of local artists willing to show their craft.

The area is full of lifestyle blocks so a walk down the road will have you meeting sheep, cows, pigs, alpacas and donkeys.

Facilities close by:

  • Archery
  • Art gallery
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Boat ramp
  • Boating
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Bush Walking
  • Cafes
  • Cinema
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Gym
  • Horseriding
  • Kids playground
  • Lawn bowling
  • Parks - Local or regional
  • Playing fields
  • Public library
  • Public swimming pool
  • Public transport
  • Pubs
  • Restaurants
  • Rock pools
  • Shopping
  • Skate park
  • Surf lessons
  • Surfing
  • Swimming beach
  • Tennis
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Thermal pools
  • Water slides
  • Weekend farmers markets

Pets to care for at this property

There may be pets to care for on this property.

1 dog - very affectionate. Fed twice daily but doesn’t require walking as she is 15 now so spends most of the day asleep on the deck. Happy to take her with us if that works.
2 cats - easy care, fed twice daily.
8 chickens - easy care, feeder needs refilling weekly & water checked. Lots of eggs to eat!
8 sheep - no feeding required, their job is to eat the grass. Friendly, one of them will let you pat her woolly head.

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